Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Beginning of an Addiction


While I am a relatively new quilter, I have been sewing for a long time.  When my mom said I started at age 3 or 4, lately considering my own kids... I was thinking she was far braver than I?!  On her last visit, she brought my first machine that I had completely forgotten about.  This is it.



It is battery powered, and a real needle inserts in the machine. (Somehow, I still have to figure it out but I'm afraid my 3yo will want to use it and I don't know if I want to share!)   And you can see below, there was even 3 speeds to choose from. 


After this machine, I moved on to her Singer and began by turning the fly wheel by hand.

And of course what is the thing to sew when you are 3 or 4? Barbie clothes!  So the envisioning of a completed projects with a specific fabric began very early!


Hi, my name is Karen and I have been addicted to fabric & sewing for over 35 years...how about you?  What was the first thing you sewed? And when did you become addicted to fabric?

13 comments:

WoolenSails said...





That sure is an oldie. My mom had my grandmother's machines, wish I had enough sense to take them. I sewed when I was younger, but was never into it. I remember making a red, white and blue pantsuit with stars once, lol.

Debbie

Gene Black said...





The first thing I sewed was an apron - in "Family Life" class -1975. Later on I made clothing for myself. When a shirt didn't "look right" to me, my sister would take it and it always looked great on her. Go figure!

Lisa said...





So fun to look back at all that isn't it?! I think the first thing a sewed was clothes for my troll doll, remember those? haha. I was hand sewing then. I didn't start quilting until I was 14, and then I took over mom's singer. I would say though that my love affair didn't really explode until after I had my own house and a family and really started hoarding. hahaha.

AMKreations said...





What an amazing machine! How fun that your mom kept it!

Barb said...





I love machines and this one is a beaut!

I have been sewing since high school but only quilting for about 14 years or so...and yes...I am sooooooooooooo adicted to fabrics.

Aleisha said...





My husband went to Iraq in 2003 and during the time he was gone I decided to teach myself how to sew. So, I borrowed my mom's sewing maching and then went to the local Hancock, picked out a pattern, fabric and notions to make our 17-month-old daughter an outfit. I didn't even know how to thread a sewing maching, but it turned out great.

I started quilting about 2 years ago and that's when my love for fabric blossomed. Now, I can't walk into a fabric store without buying something, whether I need it or not. :)

AnneMarie said...





That's fantastic you've been at it so long!! I just learned to sew about 5yrs ago when pregnant with my first son. I made a baby quilt - and soon after....the addiction started.... :)

AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters.

Hollie said...





Wow! Check out that machine. The first thing I remember sewing was a pillow for my mom for mothers day. I must have been about 5 or 6. So I've been a sewing addict for about 30 years.

Needled Mom said...





My mom started me at the age of 3 because I was one of those ADHd kids. I made my first wearable skirt by myself with fabric that my grandparents brought me when I was 5. I did it all by myself too. Since then I had been a continual and unrepentant addict to fabrics - 60 years worth!!!!

Janet said...





I still have a pot holder I made when I was 4 years old, but it was hand stitched. I'm not sure when I started on the machine but I think I was five or six. My sister took my mom's feather light machine to Australia after my mom died but she's just brought it back for me. Now I just have to get it from New Brunswick to the Yukon!

Sarah Craig said...





My grandmother taught me to sew the summer I was eight - 45 years ago! The first thing I made was a pair of shorts, with darts, a waist band, and a zipper! My mom freaked - couldn't believe my grandmother had me make something so difficult. But I didn't know it was supposed to be hard, so it wasn't! I'm planning to start teaching my 3-yr old granddaughter after Christmas - she's way smarter than I ever was, plus it might mean I can get to my sewing machine to actually sew!

beth said...





oooh! that's too funny. I have the same (maybe not exactly. I didn't check) vintage doll patterns in my cupboard. I was able to sew on my mom's machine...years ago...wasn't that fun? That's where it all began, huh?

Jo said...





I had Barbie clothes sewn from that bottom left pattern. One year mom and older sister sewed and sewed and sewed an ENTIRE Barbie wardrobe for me. LOVED it!